Gov. Rauner on tonight’s debate: Next question

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Gov. Bruce Rauner in Springfield on Monday. Sun-Times Media.

An estimated 100 million people could tune in to watch tonight’s presidential debate, but Gov. Bruce Rauner refuses to divulge whether he will be one of them.

“I’m not commenting today on politics,” the governor said Monday in Springfield, when a reporter asked whether he would be watching the debate, where he would be watching and for whom he would be rooting.

Media experts are predicting a Super-Bowl-size audience for the first face-to-face meeting between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but the GOP governor repeatedly refused to reveal his viewing plans.

“I’m not commenting on politics,” Rauner said. “I said I’m not commenting on politics. I hope you can believe that. I’m not doing it.”

Rauner has said he would vote for the GOP nominee, but has declined to offer a formal endorsement of Trump and routinely refuses to discuss the race.

Asked why he won’t show some leadership as the leader of the Illinois Republican Party and take a stand on the presidential race, the GOP governor said “As I’ve said, I’m not commenting on politics today.”

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